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Written Answers

Thursday, 22nd June 1995.

Dental Services

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, following the Minister's statement on 5th April 1995 (H.C. Deb., cols. 1214–15), they expect to establish their 'expert' group on dentistry to develop the models and protocols for the proposed pilot schemes; and

    When they will be able to introduce the primary legislation which is necessary before setting up pilot studies for dental purchaser/provider schemes as promised in the Minister's statement of 5th April 1995 (H. C. Deb., cols. 1214–15).

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The package of reforms my honourable friend the Minister for Health announced in another place on 5 April (at cols. 1214–15 of Commons Hansard) reaffirmed the Government's aim to introduce a system of local contracts between health authorities and dental practices similar to that which operates elsewhere in the health service. Such a system will need careful piloting and evaluation before a decision is taken on nationwide introduction.

The Government will seek an early opportunity to introduce the primary legislation necessary for pilot projects. Meanwhile, the views of all interested parties will be taken into account in the development of such projects. The composition of any project steering groups or expert advisory panels will be determined once the legislation is in place.

Psychiatric Hospitals: Survey Report

Lord Mottistone asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the report of the Mental Health Task Force's 1994 survey of long stay psychiatric hospitals will be published.

Baroness Cumberlege: The report will be published shortly.

Future Medical Technology and the NHS

Viscount Hanworth asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have carried out an assessment of the impact of future surgical and medical developments on national health expenditure; and whether they consider that the present method of funding the service will remain sufficient to fund such developments.

Baroness Cumberlege: There is no precise method for measuring the impact that changing medical technology will have on National Health Service expenditure over time. In assessing future need for resources the Department looks at past trends in unit costs and activity. Where medical advance has a roughly constant effect from year to year this will be reflected in the projection of

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past trends. Where particular new developments are expected to lead to departures from the historic trend such changes can also be assessed and taken into account. The department continues to explore the scope for improving its understanding of the various factors which influence NHS expenditure.

Sail-Training Scheme: Renaissance Maritime Charitable Trust

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What representations they have received concerning the sail-training scheme proposed by the Renaissance Maritime Charitable Trust; and whether they consider that this would contribute positively to regional development in England, to provision of relief and development aid overseas and to after-care and establishment in life of young people emerging from care of local authorities.

Baroness Cumberlege: The Renaissance Maritime Charitable Trust has written to the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Health. I understand that it has also met with a Home Office Minister. Despite its laudable aims the trust has been informed that the Government could not endorse the scheme in its present form because it is inconsistent with some features of the 1995 National Standards for the Supervision of Offenders in the Community.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the "Tier 2 Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which are to replace the CIA's Tier 1 UAVs recently operating out of Albania and Croatia will be under NATO command.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The unmanned aerial vehicles are US national assets and their command arrangements are therefore a matter for the US Government.

G7 Meeting

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What their proposals will be to the forthcoming G7 meeting with regard to the reform of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other international institutions.

Lord Henley: I refer to the statement which my noble friend the Leader of the House made on 19 June and to the Halifax Summit communique.

Domestic Violence: Victim Support Services

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What assistance is provided for women who have suffered domestic violence.

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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): A range of services and assistance are provided to women experiencing domestic violence. In 1994–95, in the crucial area of the provision of safe accommodation, over £10 million has been provided by the Government, including £3 million in revenue support, for 1,800 bed spaces in women's refuges and additional capital of £5.8 million to develop further schemes through the Housing Corporation. £151,000 is also being provided in core funding to Women's Aid Federation (England) to provide various support services. £140,000 has been provided over three years towards the enhancement of their national telephone help line and £55,000 to fund a national housing co-ordinator.

Scottish Women's Aid is receiving £180,000, and Welsh Women's Aid £249,000 plus £455,000 to be made available for individual projects. £82,000 was provided to Northern Ireland Women's Aid in 1994–95. Further support is provided by Victim Support which received £10 million in funding in 1994–95 and assists victims of domestic violence through such schemes as the Crown Court Witness Service by providing advice and emotional support to witnesses attending the Crown Court.

Domestic Violence: Women Sentenced for Murder

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many women who have suffered domestic violence inflicted by a husband or partner are currently in prison for murder and how many are awaiting appeals against sentence.

Baroness Blatch: On 16 June 1995 a total of 107 women were serving life sentences for murder. The sentences of four of these women relate to domestic violence, of whom three are awaiting an appeal. It is not known whether the remaining 103 women sentenced for murder have suffered domestic violence.

Domestic Violence: Studies and Reports

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will place in the Library of the House any studies or reports that are available on the subject of domestic violence.

Baroness Blatch: Government publications relating to domestic violence are routinely sent to the Library. Recent examples include:


    Policing Domestic Violence in the 1990s, Sharon Grace (1995), Home Office Research Study # 139. London: Home Office;


    Preventing Domestic Violence to Women, Morley and Mullender (1994), Home Office Crime Prevention Unit paper 48. London: Home Office;


    Preventing Repeated Domestic Violence: a Demonstration Project on Merseyside, Lloyd, Farrell and Pease (1994), Home Office Crime Prevention Unit paper 49. London: Home Office;

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    Domestic Violence, Lorna Smith (1989), Home Office Research Study # 107. London: Home Office.

Mr. Kani Yilmaz

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Mr. Kani Yilmaz is still held in HMP Belmarsh, or elsewhere; what papers concerning him have been received from the German Federal Republic; and whether they consider that a prima facie case for the extradition of Mr. Yilmaz has been or will be made, and if not, when will he be released.

Baroness Blatch: Mr. Yilmaz is still being held at HM Prison Belmarsh. Papers received from the German authorities have been in support of their request for Mr. Yilmaz's extradition and have been served on Mr. Yilmaz. Since this case concerns possible extradition to Germany, by virtue of the European Convention on Extradition Law 1990, the prima facie case requirement does not apply. In considering whether to commit Mr. Yilmaz, though, the court of committal will be concerned as to whether the offences in the authority to proceed, signed by the Home Secretary on 2 December 1994, are extraditable crimes and whether Mr. Yilmaz's committal is permitted by the Extradition Act 1989.

Sentenced Prisoners: Fine Defaulters

Baroness Faithfull asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What proportion of (a) the average daily population of sentenced prisoners and (b) the average daily population of prisoners sentenced to six months or less was accounted for by fine defaulters in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Baroness Faithfull from Mr. Brian Landers, Director of Finance, dated 22nd June 1995.

Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the director general from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking what proportion of (a) the average daily population of sentenced prisoners and (b) the average daily population of prisoners sentenced to six months or less was accounted for by fine defaulters in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

The information requested is given in the table.

Fine defaulters as a percentage of the average sentenced population and average population sentenced to less than 6 months, 1993 and 1994(1)

1993 1994
Percentage of average sentenced population 1.5 per cent. 1.2 per cent.
Percentage of average sentenced population sentenced up to six months 12.6 per cent. 9.9 per cent.

(1)Sentenced population includes fine defaulters but excludes sentenced prisoners held in police cells.


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